This grouping of eight primary source U.S. history readings relate to current issues during the beginning months of the Trump Presidency. They don't involve President Trump directly, but are historical perspectives on the issues he's raised: international trade, multilateral trade agreements, sanctuary cities, infrastructure spending, immigration, and warrantless surveillance.
1. Alien Acts of 1798:Congressman Samuel Sewall, Congressman Albert Gallatin, Madison's Report of 1800, Maine Gov. John Baldacci's "sanctuary" declaration in 2005
2. Know-Nothing era immigration issues: Samuel Morse, Congressman John Smith Chipman
3. Immigration in the 1920s: Congressmen Percy Quin and William "Bourke" Cockran, Summary of Johnson-Reed Act
4. Infrastructure spending and the economy: John Maynard Keynes' "General Theory," Frederick Bastiat's "What is Seen and What Is Unseen"
5. International Trade: David Ricardo's Theory of Comparative Advantage from "On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation"
6. The Smoot-Hawley Bill and the Protective Tariff: Sen. Reed Smoot, Sen. John William “Elmer” Thomas
7. NAFTA Agreement: H. Ross Perot, Vice President Al Gore, President George H.W. Bush, Rep. David Dreier, Rep. Richard Gephardt, Rep. Helen Bentley
8. Intelligence and Privacy after 9/11: Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, President Barack Obama, Rep. Justin Amash, Sen. Tom Cotton, Sen. Dianne Feinstein
These readings are a great way to teach U.S. history and link it to current events or teach current events in a deeper and more historical way!
They can be used as homework assignments, emergency sub-plans or classroom work. Each reading has 8-18 document-based questions at the end, which are combination of reading comprehension and DBQ-style questions that help with an AP class (though I give them to my standard level students as well).